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Fantasy Football 2013: Tight End Rankings

Author:
Vernon Davis

The most intriguing name in Athlon Sports' Fantasy Football 2013 Tight End Rankings entering the regular season remains Rob Gronkowski. The Patriots need to decide whether to keep Gronk on the active roster or place him on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, which means he would be guaranteed to miss the first six games. For now, Gronk maintains his top-five status, but that doesn't mean he should be treated as such come draft time.

In fact, the emergence of undrafted rookie Zach Sudfeld during the preseason, may make the decision to shelve Gronkowski for the first six weeks easier. Sudfeld has opened many an eye already, which is why he comes in at No. 22 on our rankings. If Gronk does end up on the PUP and Sudfeld makes an early impact on the Patriots' passing game, then it's entirely possible that Sudfeld takes over the Aaron Hernandez role in New England this season.

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Player

Team

Bye

1

Jimmy Graham

NO

7

2

Jason Witten

DAL

11

3

Tony Gonzalez

ATL

6

4

Vernon Davis

SF

9

5

Rob Gronkowski

NE

10

6

Owen Daniels

HOU

8

7

Kyle Rudolph

MIN

5

8

Greg Olsen

CAR

4

9

Brandon Myers

NYG

9

10

Jared Cook

STL

11

11

Jermichael Finley

GB

4

12

Antonio Gates

SD

8

13

Martellus Bennett

CHI

8

14

Brandon Pettigrew

DET

9

15

Fred Davis

WAS

5

16

Jordan Cameron

CLE

10

17

Coby Fleener

IND

8

18

Ed Dickson

BAL

8

19

Dwayne Allen

IND

8

20

Jermaine Gresham

CIN

12

21

Rob Housler

ARI

9

22

Zach Sudfeld

NE

10

23

Tyler Eifert

CIN

12

24

Julius Thomas

DEN

9

25

Zach Miller

SEA

12

26

Brent Celek

PHI

12

27

Scott Chandler

BUF

12

28

Marcedes Lewis

JAC

9

29

Zach Ertz

PHI

12

30

Heath Miller

PIT

5

31

Dallas Clark

BAL

8

32

Delanie Walker

TEN

8

33

Anthony Fasano

KC

10

34

Travis Kelce

KC

10

35

Luke Stocker

TB

5

36

Charles Clay

MIA

6

37

Kellen Winslow

NYJ

10

38

Tony Scheffler

DET

9

39

David Paulson

PIT

5

40

Jacob Tamme

DEN

9

41

Gavin Escobar

DAL

11

42

James Casey

PHI

12

43

Tom Crabtree

TB

5

44

Garrett Graham

HOU

8

45

Ladarius Green

SD

8

46

Taylor Thompson

TEN

8

47

Joel Dreessen

DEN

9

48

Tony Moeaki

KC

10

49

David Ausberry

OAK

7

50

Ben Watson

NO

7

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

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